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International Student Centre

Tree-trimming party gives overseas students a taste of Canada

A tree-trimming party Tuesday in the International Student Centre attracted dozens of participants representing countries around the world.

Aoi Ishimaru, an exchange student in art history from Tokyo’s International Christian University, said she wanted to experience a Canadian Christmas.

“I wanted to taste Canadian-style treats—cookies and apple cider,” she said. “It was very nice.”

Program seeking holiday hosts for international students

There is no better way to promote peace than to reach out to citizens of other nations, says Enrique Chacon. That’s why the international student advisor gets excited about the Host for the Holidays program.

“It’s an opportunity for students from around the world to learn about Canadians, and for people here in Windsor to gain an understanding of other cultures as well,” he says.

Calcutta’s red light kids subject of documentary

The International Wednesdays documentary series presents the Oscar-winning feature Born Into Brothels, today at noon in the International Student Centre on the second floor of Laurier Hall.

The most stigmatized people in Sonagachi—the red light district in the Indian city of Calcutta—are not the prostitutes, but their children. In the face of abject poverty, abuse, and despair, these kids have little possibility of escaping their mother's fate or for creating another type of life. Yet these children of prostitutes embark on a transformational journey.

Water justice activist subject of documentary

Is water a commercial good like running shoes or Coca-Cola? Or is water a human right like air?

In her 2010 documentary Water On The Table, filmmaker Liz Marshall features Maude Barlow, whom she dubs an “international water-warrior” for her crusade to have water declared a human right.

“Water must be declared a public trust and a human right that belongs to the people, the ecosystem and the future, and preserved for all time and practice in law,” Barlow says. “Clean water must be delivered as a public service, not a profitable commodity.”

Session to offer information on obtaining permanent residency in Canada

The International Student Centre will hold an information session on permanent immigration to Canada on Thursday, November 8, in room 102, Centre for Engineering Innovation.

The information sessions, held during fall and winter semesters, bring an officer from Canada Immigration and Citizenship to campus to explain the different application processes for permanent residence and citizenship in Canada.

Documentary series to screen wordless film

The International Wednesdays documentary series presents Baraka on Wednesday, October 31, at noon in the International Student Centre on the second floor of Laurier Hall.

This 1992 film by director Ron Fricke has no actors and no script—in fact, no words at all. Instead, it is filled with dramatic images of nature, religious ritual, oppressive city life and war, filmed in more than 150 locations across 24 countries.

Film documents Ethiopian women’s journey to healing

The International Wednesdays documentary series presents A Walk to Beautiful on Wednesday, October 24, at noon in the International Student Centre on the second floor of Laurier Hall.

A Walk to Beautiful tells the stories of five women in Ethiopia ostracized by their family and villages due to their suffering from obstetric fistula, a serious medical condition caused by failed childbirth under poor conditions.

Chocolate a sweet subject for documentary

The ancient Mayans and Aztecs did not regard chocolate as a candy, but as an important aspect of worship and even as currency.

The International Student Centre International Wednesdays documentary series presents Semisweet: Life in Chocolate, at noon Wednesday, October 17, in the centre on the second floor of Laurier Hall.

The film travels to four vastly different places around the globe to follow the unique journey of characters whose lives have been transformed by chocolate:

Shared Thanksgiving an “awesome experience” for local host

Therese Papineau may be getting a little old for the childhood game of show-and-tell, but she said it made her Thanksgiving a richer celebration.

She expanded her guest list by three international students through the Host for the Holidays program. Anvesh Sai Polari, Gurdeep Singh Boparai and Mandeep Singh Sidhu enjoyed a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings at her home on Sunday, October.